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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$American, ,
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Grill, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Friendly service with a nice atmosphere unfortunately doesn't make up for the bad food here. I took my son, a student at the University of South Carolina, to a late lunch. The selection wasn't all that great, and neither of us liked our meal at...More

Thank restlessinrichmond
CentraArchy-Rest, Guest Relations Manager at California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am sorry that you were less than pleased with your meal. Our ingredients are prepared fresh in-house daily and we strive to consistently produce high quality meals. I will make the staff aware of your comments...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently had lunch and as always, service great, food tasty, plentiful and at proper temperature perfect. A can’t miss option any day.

Thank Ira R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The family and I had a chance to visit during the clemson beat down of USC. Love the old train station setting. The food, especially the California Dreamin’ Salad, and the chipper service with a smile makes this a place I’ve enjoyed visiting Time and...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

California Dreaming first of all is in a beautiful building which used to be an old train station. From a special occasion to just meeting for lunch this place has something for everyone ! My personal Favorite is the signature salad with their house dressing....More

Thank golda k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with a friend for dinner. The bread and salad are very good. We had chicken and also pasta meals. Large portions. Was good but for me was not a meal I would miss.

Thank Katie E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In town for Fort Jackson Graduation for our nephew. Awesome restaurant and atmosphere. Wide menu variety -we chose steaks -perfectly cooked to order Highly recommend

Thank Ginger G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice employees, clean place, nice atmosphere, can be loud when busy. Hard to hold conversations. Great food, but not a whole lot of choices on the menu. Prices are high-average. Would go again.

Thank Natalie K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to dine. Full of nostalgia relative to the realisation of dining in an old railway station. Huge roof space creating comfortable noise levels. Lucky diners get to sit through in the area overlooking the railway track. Great choice of food whether lunch...More

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I came down from Tx to visit my daughter who is in the Air Force & was stationed in Shaw, SC. This is a very nice restaurant. The food & the service was excellent. We both had pasta. Mine was with shrimp & my daughters...More

Thank Betty G
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed our visit to California Dreaming. They had a wide variety of menu items. The salad and croissants were great. For my entree I ordered the Prime Rib it was wonderful. The service was great. A great place to enjoy a good meal.

Thank Joann P
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Questions & Answers
6 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
5 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Awarded Best Salad, 17 years running -Free Times reader survey, 2017 & The State, 2017 and Best Business Lunch -The State, 2017; Best Restaurant to Take a Date and Restaurant to Take your Parents -The Daily Gamecock, 2016. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features large party catering, online ordering for carry-out, live music and seasonal patio dining. Attn USC students: CarolinaCard accepted! The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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